Unemployment rate decreases – STATIN report

Friday, August 18, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – There has been a decrease in the nation's unemployment rate, according to a labour report released by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) today.

The unemployment rate for April 2017 was 12.2 per cent, representing a decrease of 1.5 percentage points when compared to the rate of 13.7 per cent for April 2016.

STATIN said that unemployment for males decreased from 9.6 per cent to 9.5 per cent while the rate for females decreased from 18.4 per cent to 15.3 per cent.

The unemployment rate for youth aged 14-24 years also decreased in April 2017 when compared to April 2016.

The rate among youth was 28.9 per cent, representing a decrease of 3.1 percentage points when compared to the rate of 32.0 per cent in April 2016.

Over the same period, the unemployment rate for male youth was 25.6 per cent compared to 33.2 per cent for females.

The number of people in the working age population who were outside the labour force decreased for both males and females.

People classified as being outside the labour force numbered 722,100 in April 2017. This represents a decrease of 13,300 (1.8 per cent) when compared to 735,400 in April 2016. For the same period the number of males outside the labour force decreased, moving from 295,500 to 286,500, while the number of females decreased by 4,300 (1.0 per cent), from 439,900 to 435,600, according to the STATIN report.

The April 2017 Labour Force Bulletin outlines additional information; the data is available on the STATIN website at www.statinja.gov.jm




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